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Aiken schools closed after storms, thousands without power, water

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AIKEN, SC (WIS) - Aiken County officials have canceled classes at several area schools after tornados ripped through the state, injuring several and cutting of utilities for many.

Lt. Michael Frank of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office says classes are cancelled Monday at all schools in Aiken County Area Three.

The following schools will be closed: Byrd Elementary, Clearwater Elementary, Gloverville Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Warrenville Elementary, LBC Middle School, Leavelle-McCampbell Middle School and Midland Valley High School.

Frank says the decision was made to cancel the schools due to an interruption of water and electrical service and safety concerns.

Public safety and Aiken County School District representatives will meet Monday to discuss reopening schools Tuesday.

The Aiken County Career Center will hold classes on Monday, and the US Post Office in Bath plans to resume normal service and delivery on Monday.

Sunday afternoon Sheriff Michael Hunt lifted the curfew for residents living in the area bordered by Highway 118, Atomic Road, Pine Log Road and Ascauga Lake Road. Additional law enforcement will patrol Woodridge, Clearwater Heights, Bath and other areas without power through Sunday night.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation says they will clean up storm debris, and ask residents to put debris on the right-of-way in front of their homes.

Over the next two weeks, crews will remove and dispose of debris. Residents can schedule pickup by calling 803-641-7666 or 803-641-7665.

Bath Water District has repaired a four-inch water line on School Street. It was damaged Saturday night when a tree uprooted and broke the pipe. An estimated 1000 customers are without water service.

DHEC is testing water quality, and once service is restored, residents are directed to boil water for one minute before drinking or cooking. The boil water order will remain in effect through Tuesday.

SCE&G estimates 2600 customers still were without power Sunday afternoon as a result of the storm. The delay is due to work crews having to replace utility poles. SCE&G has dispatched 20 crews to the area, service should be fully restored in one or two days.

The American Red Cross is conducting damage assessment. Representatives will arrange temporary housing for individuals whose property is uninhabitable because of storm damage.

People should call the Aiken Red Cross at 803-507-3976 or 803-507-8462.

You can count on WIS News 10 to let you know how the repair and recovery effort goes.

Posted by Logan Smith

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